On November 10, 2016, the Global Compact Network USA convened sustainability leaders from the corporate and academic sectors at a workshop in New York City on Business-University Collaboration to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was organized in collaboration with the New York University Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business and the Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) North America chapter.
The purpose of the event was to explore practical methods of collaboration to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the question we aimed to answer was: What collaborative projects might businesses and universities create to help achieve the SDGs?
A few of the ideas that came out of the workshop include:
21st Century Capitalism. A collaborative research and planning project to change the current short-term, quarterly results shareholder value model to one that requires full stakeholder engagement and returning value to society.
Biodiversity Indigenous Immersion Pilot. A week-long seminar for students and executives in an indigenous community to connect research on the business value of biodiversity to on-the- ground action.
Community Skills Transfer. A university manages a group of representatives of local businesses who share their professional skills with students.
*Read the full report for event details, photos, and ideas for innovative collaborative projects.